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Pets get depressed when kids go back to school

Ellie is back at school and each day I am home alone with four pets. The two cats spend the day out in the backyard and are for the most part unaware of any changes in the household routine. The kitten mostly tears around the house attacking anything...

Are dogs better than children?

I remember once, a long time ago, receiving a copy of the employee directory for the small company I worked at and being mildly surprised that one of the women had two children listed in her entry. I casually remarked to another coworker that I didn'...

Can't we all just get along?

I never intended for this to happen, but pets now outnumber people in my house. It started out sensibly enough. About a year before I met my husband, I found myself suddenly and sadly without a cat for the first time in my life. After an appropriate ...

FlexPetz - for those not ready to commit

Are your kids begging for a dog? Do they swear up and down that they will feed it, walk it and clean up after it? Are you convinced that they will do none of those things? Maybe you want to ease them into pet ownership - or help them to see that pet...

When the family pet passes away

Many of us had pets growing up, and nearly as many of us have witnessed the loss of a pet. As noted in Lauren Greschner's article on our sister site, that'sfit, losing a pet can be almost as (if not as) devastating as losing a human loved one. ...

The dog ate it manifesto

If you've got a kid headed off to college in the near future, you might want to equip them with this handy-dandy little document. Called "The Dog Ate It Manifesto", it lists 87 excuses for not doing your homework. The excuses are broken down into cat...

Product Recall: Holiday Time Stuffed Christmas Beagles

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Arkansas, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling their Holiday Time Stuffed Christmas Beagles. The Christmas canines came with a wreath in their mouths and there are ...

Like Lassie...only real

Headlines like "Dog Saves Family From Fire" nearly always catch my attention. Thanks to Lassie, Flipper, and few gut-wrenchingly sad books from my childhood (in which some young boy's courageous, loyal and loving dog dies at the end), I have a soft s...

A mom's brush with terror on Father's Day

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon (and, as it turned out, evening) at my parent's home near the Oregon coast. The little "town" they live in, Elsie, is just close enough so that they share a zip code with the oceanside towns, and just far enough so th...

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